What a difference a year makes


Written by David Haimes

This blog turned one year old this week, so a short review of the year is in order.

I started this blog after Open World 2007, mostly as a way to put answers ‘out there’ to the questions I was being asked multiple times during the conference. I was hoping to do a couple of posts a week and have managed a total of 74, or 1.4 per week, which considering I have got a lot more responsibility at work than 12 months ago I’m pleased with. Most of all I enjoyed the conversations, there have been 400 comments including one from Charles Phillips (indirectly) but I didn’t hear form Larry when I posted a picture of his Yacht which incidentally gave me by far my highest day of hits, the majority coming from Digg.

What has pleasantly surprised me about blogging is how much I have learned in the past year from the comments on the blogs and from following the plethora of other excellent Oracle bloggers that a year ago I didn’t really know existed. I’ve also spent a lot of time on twitter, following a lot of interesting, entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful people many of whom are also bloggers.

So all in all a good first year and now I look forward to the next one and wonder what the stars have in store for me over the next 12 months…

Author: David Haimes

I'm Senior Director in the Oracle Research and Development Organization, with close to 20 years working in various roles on the development of the Financial Management product suite.  Since the summer of 2016 my focus is exclusively on working with customers and longer-term design work, particularly around next-generation functional and technical architecture. My task is to figure out NOW what the financial management system of the next 3, 5 or more years should look like and start working toward it.  At the moment the majority of my time is spent working on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), leading the effort for all of SaaS applications.  I'm also interested in AI, Machine Learning and new UX and interaction paradigms such as chat bots. I started out in Oracle UK and found my way out to Oracle's Redwood Shores, California HQ in May 2000.  My previous role was product owner for Fusion Accounting Hub, General Ledger, Intercompany and Legal Entity products in Oracle Fusion Financials and eBusiness Suite General Ledger. I have also worked on EMEA Globalizations, Federal and Public Sector Financials, XML Payments and a variety of projects on other products down the years.

11 thoughts on “What a difference a year makes”

  1. Congrats. Blogging is way harder than it looks, and making it a year without quitting is a big accomplishment. It’s also oddly rewarding. Who knew?

    Here’s to another year.


  2. and you totally kicked my rear on # of posts too, no wonder I thought you were around longer than TalentedApps. Since we have yet to get that promised cake maybe we should do a joint-party to celebrate.

    Awesome work David.


  3. Hi David:
    Many happy returns of the day on turning one!
    During my first year of blogging I had 102 posts, but by the second year had lost quite a bit of steam and had only 61 posts. The challenge is indeed to do a day job for 8-10 hours (10-12hrs for you I guess), then thinking something interesting to post.
    I am thinking of writing 3-4 posts during the weekend and scheduling the posts to appear online during the week!
    Here’s to many more years of blogging!


  4. @mohan you’re dedication is a great example, I hope I can get somewhere close to your stamina. Finding the time is very tough, so I’m setting a target of one post a week for the coming year, which should be very manageable.


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